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This show is commercially available as "Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings "
Subject: Too much analysis here
Oh, look, it's an art critic!
Mind Wondrin -
Subject: '77 was the year for MNS
The matrix adds excitement to this show. These were the shows when The Grateful Dead Movie was in theaters. The movie was supposed to take the place of touring and was shot in '74 but then languished in post-production, editing, distribution, etc. and by then the band had healed and reached a new peak. This 1st-night-of-run isn't as good as the next 2 nights but has one of the best MNS of all time. TJ has a great weave but it otherwise stumbly.
First Set highlights:
MNS (an A+ version)
Things so south at the start of the second set (keeping it from being a 5-star show) and it takes a while to get things back, then bam!, one of the greatest ever Estimateds!
Second Set highlights:
Energy is gone again for a very shaky encore. The following night is better but it's hard to beat the MNS and the Estimated. The Terrapin is much remarked for the jam out (which, I'll give, is A-) but the missed cues in the first half keep me from highlighting; YMMV.
Overall : B
Subject: First Matrix...
I guess you could say I wandered off when the bus brokedown in 1995, and got on with life... Haven't listened to the Dead much in the last few years, and was kind of picking through the archives recently, trying to rekindle that old spirit... It wasn't working; nothing sounded good to me anymore, it all sounded old, weary, and tired...
I don't know if this is taboo to mention here or not, but somebody uploaded the whole Hunter's Trix series at a tracker site... 64 shows. I had never heard of the series, or Hunter, or even heard of a "matrix" before. But I decided to download a few and give 'em a listen...
Hunter, you've brought tears to my eyes. You've done the impossible, you've brought the Dead to life again, more real and visceral than I've ever heard them before.
#46 (this show) was one of the first ones I've heard. I always loved the Morning Dew from Pembroke Pines '77, but this one seriously tops it... If felt the old goosebumps I used to feel as a young kid back in the day hearing this stuff, you've really done a work for the ages here...
To stay with Morning Dew for a moment, a good example of the nuanced mix is at the very end, when Garcia's voice fades its last note, you hear the audience singing along (in pretty good tune, I might add...)... What I liked is, I didn't actually hear them singing until Garcia's voice faded, but they were "felt" throughout; never before have I heard a concert in this way before; it really conjured up the feeling of being right there, but hearing the nuance of the band more clearly than was ever possible at a show.
Dick's Picks, which I used for my fixes before, sound flat and murky and one-dimensional in comparison.
I realize not everyone likes matrix recordings (I learned that while reading up on this collection, which I knew nothing about). But for me, it was almost a religious experience. Outstanding work, the Dead should pay you for this stuff...
Outstanding show, outstanding matrix, 5-stars all the way.
This is a wonderful show. Subtle and mellow.The next two nights are even better. The legendary second set from 6-9 will rip your head off and take a crap down your neck. I have this show on cd. I don't remember where I got it. It must have been before it became a commercial release. I dont know what source mine is from but it sounds like a Betty board. I'm very sure that this Hunter Seamons matrix will sound great. He's the man when it comes to those things.
Subject: Seamons has done it again
I seriously can't stop listening to these matrix recordings, this one being just as good as all of Seamons' others. the Estimated Prophet jam is incredible, with a Morning Dew (comparable to that of 5/8/77 as noted below) that'll just make you weap helplessly; highly highly highly recommended. Ok, off to another Seamons matrix.